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UTAH - SOUTHERN IDAHO CHAPTER M O V I N G T O W A R D A W O R L D F R E E O F M S | D E C- F E B • 2 0 12 President’s Message Many Achievements to Applaud This Year As another year comes to a close, it’s a good time to pause and reflect on the progress made. Our community, volunteers, donors and staff have all worked passionately in 2011 to further our mission of creating a world free of MS. This year we celebrate the following great achievements: 2011: Lots to cheer about! THANKYOU The Chapter celebrates: • 936 volunteers • 10,060 event participants • $2.8 million raised • Quality programs & services for people with MS • Home of two “Partner in MS Care” centers • More funding for research • 936 individual volunteers who gave 10,148 hours of service organizing events, providing office administration support, leading mission programs, serving on committees and helping people with MS. • 10,060 passionate event participants who walked, ran and cycled. Together they raised more than $2.8 million to help fund research and services to support people impacted by MS. We estimate that 1 in 300 people in our area lives with MS, and 6,600 of them have registered with the Chapter to receive information and support services. We celebrate the progress made in 2011 to more effectively deliver programs and services to our two states. We’ve expanded social work services throughout our chapter and grown our direct assistance to include Self Improvement Grants to individuals, scholarships to students living with or affected by MS, and financial assistance when MS creates gaps in a family’s budget. The Chapter worked to build relationships with healthcare professionals and community agencies to insure we “President’s Message” CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 INSIDE THIS ISSUE Pole Walking Page 4 Research Update Neck of the Woods Page 8 Page 6 VOLUNTEER Spotlight PAGE 11

MSConnection Dec-Feb 2012

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